Welfare Support

Healthy Start is a government-funded scheme which provides food vouchers and coupons for vitamin supplements to pregnant women, new mothers, and parents/carers of children under 4 years old who are on low incomes and to all pregnant women under 18. 

Please find some useful documents for your setting and to share with parents/carers:


Free and affordable food  - You can download a list of free and affordable food for Islington residents, the list includes alternatives for those residents that have already exceeded the number of times they have been referred to food banks.      


Employment, Housing and Money - interesting Making Every Contact Count (MECC) factsheets for use in your setting

Childcare costs

There are a range of schemes available to help parents with childcare costs, which support parents to take up training and employment and enable children to experience an enriching childcare environment. Numerous studies and local evidence show that high quality childcare and early education supports children’s development and prepares them to thrive at school and in later life.

  • CLICK HERE to download a useful leaflet with further information to share with parents/carers about support with childcare costs in Islington.

Useful links

https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/ -  With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.

https://www.gov.uk/healthy-start -  If you need help with your Healthy Start vouchers claim, please call the Healthy Start Issuing Unit on 0345 607 6823. Healthy Start is a scheme to help expectant mothers, new parents and their children to eat healthily.

https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits - Information on all of the available benefits in the UK including employment, child, housing and disability benefits. 

www.childcarechoices.gov.uk - For full details of support with childcare costs.

Islington contacts


Seasonal Health Interventions Network, SHINE makes sure that you get all the help you need to stay warm, increase income and stay healthy in your home. SHINE gives practical advice and refers to schemes that reduce the risks associated with hot or cold weather

Islington Foodbank

Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem